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The tvOS received little love from Apple at WWDC (and that’s a shame)

tvOS received little love from Apple at last week’s Worldwide Developer Conference. That’s a shame, as the operating system still has several areas that need to be improved.

But first, as noted by MacRumors, here’s an overview of new tvOS 16 features for Apple TV:

But there’s lots of work still to be one in the operating system. To wit:

° A revamp of the Home Screen. As noted by iMore: “If Apple wants to utilize the Apple TV’s prime placement in your living room as a central hub, it could open that Home screen up for customization, allowing you to see your day at a glance, control your HomeKit devices, and get to your favorite content quickly.”

° Add support for a webcam for SharePlay. Currently, to watch something via SharePlay but also show your own face, you have to be using a Mac, iPhone, or iPad. This seems like a natural feature for tvOS.

° Split View. Here’s an excellent suggestion from Tom’s Guide: “….it’s time to bring the Split View to the Apple TV 4K in tvOS 16. Just ask anyone who followed all the March Madness 2022 games, or anyone who wants to follow an NFL game and RedZone at the same time. Apple’s even toyed with technology like this in the past, per a patent for a display that would show “different content at different angles.” 

Some folks think the lack of new features for tvOS means that it and the Apple TV set-top box have little or no future at Apple. I don’t think that’s true. With Apple TV+ and the Apple TV app, phasing out tvOS and/or the set-top box would be a big mistake, but the lack of news is troubling.

What would you like to see in future versions of tvOS?

Article provided with permission from AppleWorld.Today
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